I made an atypically expensive purchase recently. Expensive for a single card, that is. Normally I prefer a stack of commons over a single star, which explains some glaring holes in the collection. I'm missing a bunch of Pete Rose vintage. I'm missing a bunch of Ken Griffey Jr. cards from the early 2000s. I'm missing a bunch of Billy Hamiltons from recent sets. Quantity over quality.
But after a Sportlots debacle from a seller who has very clearly given up the business but is still accepting purchases from his inventory and giving out fake tracking numbers (user berk0523), I found myself with a few bucks sitting in my paypal account. I wasn't in the mood to sift through anyone's inventory, so I splurged on the titular card of this post. I like it so much, that it gets its own post.
As you can see, there's a nice mouse-bite on the top right corner. And some creasing. None of this is a big deal. This card is niiiiiiice. Very regal pose. This is by far the toughest '52 from the Reds team set that's not part of that ridiculous high number series, so I got that going for me. I have now 9 of the 28 card team set. Not terribly impressive, but that will be remedied.
The back is printed a bit awry. Also not a big deal. Does anyone wish that fielding stats were more prevalent on card backs today? With all the modern analysis, fielding is making a comeback as a point of pride, like it clearly used to be.
Well there ya go. Go over to the sidebar and vote on the Ridiculous Card Tournament semi-finals if you haven't already.